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Observation Date: 
02/15/2018
Observer Name: 
Brett Kobernik
Region: 
Skyline
Location Name or Route: 
Spring City Canyon
Weather
Sky: 
Overcast
Precipitation: 
Light Snowfall
Wind Direction: 
West
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Weather Comments: 
Moderate to strong wind getting down into the canyon bottoms as well as along the ridges. Light snowfall most of the day with one brief period of intense snowfall. Daytime accumulations of an inch or slightly more.
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth: 
8"
New Snow Density: 
High
Snow Surface Conditions: 
Powder
Dense Loose
Snow Characteristics Comments: 

8 to 10" of medium to high density new snow.  Water amounts in the new snow are about 1".  Riding conditions were quite nice.

Red Flags
Red Flags: 
Wind Loading
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type: 
Persistent Slab
Trend: 
Same
Problem #1 Comments: 

The higher density new snow along with fairly strong wind drifting the new snow and potentially overloading the buried pre-existing weak sugary faceted snow is the main concern.  With poor visibility today, I was not able to travel around a whole lot to see if any natural avalanches occurred.  There is certainly no shortage of weak snow around, just hop of your machine, skis, snowboard, or snowshoes and you'll most likely punch right through to the ground.  There also was a good amount of higher density snow getting blown around forming drifts today.  This combination should make people take note.

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Today's Observed Danger Rating: 
Considerable
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating: 
Considerable
Snow Profile Coordinates: 
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